Ryan Williams is joining the ECE faculty as an assistant professor specializing in ultra-large scale cyber-physical systems. Williams, who comes to Virginia Tech after recently earning his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), received his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.
William's research interests focus on three general areas: control, cooperation, and intelligence in distributed multi-agent systems; topological methods for controlling distributed cooperative phenomena; and distributed algorithms for optimization, estimation, inference, and learning.
At USC, Williams worked in the Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory, where he investigated the structural relationships between sensing, networked information flow, and robotic motion to generate collaboration within networks of robotic systems.
Williams, along with ECE professor Dan Stilwell, was one of several inventors of a method and apparatus for torque control for machinery using counter-rotating drives, for which a patent was issued in 2007.
Among his numerous honors and awards, Williams received the Viterbi Fellowship at the University of Southern California.